'Tabloid' first aid super pocket kit used on US Antarctic expedition

Made:
1939 in New York
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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Tabloid first aid super pocket kit, with waterproof canvas cover, by Burroughs Wellcome & Co (USA) Inc, used by Finn
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Tabloid first aid super pocket kit, with waterproof canvas cover, by Burroughs Wellcome & Co (USA) Inc, used by Finn
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Tabloid first aid super pocket kit, with waterproof canvas cover, by Burroughs Wellcome & Co (USA) Inc, used by Finn
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Interior of the Tabloid first aid super pocket kit, with waterproof canvas cover, by Burroughs Wellcome & Co (USA) Inc,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Tabloid first aid super pocket kit, with waterproof canvas cover, by Burroughs Wellcome & Co (USA) Inc, used by Finn
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Tabloid first aid super pocket kit by Burroughs Wellcome & Co (USA) Inc, used by Finn Ronne on U.S. Antarctic expedition of 1939-1941.

‘Tabloid’ brand first aid kits made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co were given to explorers and influential people packed with the company’s products of the day in a shrewd attempt to promote the product.

This first aid kit belonged to Finn Ronne (1899-1980), an American-Norwegian polar explorer on an expedition to Antarctica during 1939-1941. Ronne was second in command. Handwritten on the canvas case are all the places Ronne visited during his journey, including the 1,200-mile sledge trip. On the reverse of the tin is a map of Antarctica with a red line showing his route.

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Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A700019/1
type:
first aid kit
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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